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Platforms that allow people to share content have a responsibility to protect others from harm. Not just people, but animals as well. For instance, websites on which people can create listings should be careful not to allow animal abusers to purchase a pet or receive an animal for free. Similarly, travel websites should not promote or condone activities that exploit or abuse wild animals. Social media sites have the same responsibility. YouTube is a video sharing website that is probably one of the most used websites and apps out there. They should also not allow content that shows or promotes animal abuse.

When a YouTuber accidentally uploaded the wrong video footage to her channel which showed her abusing her dog, people campaigned for the website to remove the user. Unfortunately, YouTube did not take the appropriate action and remove her, but there is another channel on the site that really needs to be removed as it revolves completely around animal abuse, particularly torturing baby monkeys.

Most recently, the channel Captive Baby Monkeys, uploaded a video of an obviously terrified baby monkey being tortured by people who are pulling his ears, prodding his head, and grabbing him by his neck. He is visibly distressed and even crying. The video is even sadistically titled “teasing a baby monkey,” and the caption mentions that he was “newly confiscated from his mother.”

Warning: the video below contains distressing content. Please use discretion.

Animal welfare organization, Lady Freethinker says: “features dozens of vile animal abuse videos. Lady Freethinker reported the channel to YouTube, yet it remains up — and has been posting for nearly a year. By permitting these videos on their platform, YouTube is complicit in promoting animal cruelty.”

You can join them and stand against this cruelty by signing their petition urging YouTube to ban videos of animal cruelty.

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